Her father is black, from Caribbean island St. Kitts; her mother is a white Englishwoman. "I felt like an outsider," says Rae. "Being mixed race in Britain in the '80s and '90s, there just weren't loads of people who looked like me. We didn't have a lot of money. I was really skinny, and always felt self-conscious about that -- I used to wear, like, three pairs of tights!"